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A long time ago a customer came to me in my workshop for the repair and restoration of an old SONY SQ RECEIVER SQ R-6650 device, I believe it is manufactured in the 70’s of last century, as shown in the following photo:

Sony SQR 6650 Repair

SONY SQ RECEIVER SQR-6650 before being opened

On the workbench, I turned on the unit with two speakers in low-power test, the front quadrant was lit, but when I looked for some FM stations with Tuning Input active, there was no sound. When I opened the device, the aspects of the components seemed normal. I also thought of some faulty filtering components in the power supply, but these worked fine.

Through a quick review, I noticed that all 4 fuse 2 amp protection fuses located on the back of the unit were all burned. However, all supply voltages including the ++ B for the power amplifier were present and the power transformer was heating normal.

sqr6650 power supply section

SONY SQR-6659 Power Supply Section

I isolate the composite power amplifier block also, through the preamplifiers for a more rigorous test. This block has a total of 32 transistors, 8 of type 2SC1060 NPN type being the main elements of output amplification and the remainders correspond to preamplifiers, voltage stabilizers and differential transistors of audio signal input.


Inside the SONY SQ Receiver without the audio power block

The transistors Q808, Q802, Q807, Q908, Q907, Q909 and D902, were all short.

Due to the bad connection of the speaker cables, which also contributed to the imbalance of the speaker impedance and also to the loudness of the loudspeaker, caused the audio power block to burst.

sqr6650 pcb board

Welding of the replaced components

Replaced all defective components and a few more electrolytic capacitors, the SONY SQR returned to work in perfect conditions with very good sound quality.

how to repair and fix sony sqr 6650

  Audio block with all components replaced

manuel tavares

This article was prepared for you by Manuel Loto, native of the city of Praia, capital of the Cape Verde Islands, West Africa. Electronics Technician with more than 30 years of experience. Worked with FM and AM transmitters, communications equipment and air navigation. Specializing in Digital Electronics and he also restore old, vintage, transistorized radios, valve radios and power amplifiers.

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  1. Eritai

    May 17, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    Thanks a lot

  2. Dave Vazquez

    May 17, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    After repair was been completed was a power test completed to ensure proper output and sinusoidal accuracy,,that's the only way to tell if the amp was completed correctly under thermal stress conditions,,only my professional view point.

  3. Andrew F. ali

    May 17, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Very nice work. This probably took some time but the satisfaction of a job well done is worth it.

  4. Henrique Jorge Guimarães Ulbrich

    May 18, 2018 at 1:11 am

    Thanks, Manuel for sharing. An old, but good quality equipment.

    Obrigado, Manuel por compartilhar. Um equipamento antigo, porém de boa qualidade.

  5. Mihai

    May 18, 2018 at 1:17 am

    Good job Sir !

  6. James

    May 18, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Rock On" Man" Excellent Work'.

  7. Parasuraman

    May 18, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Very tedious job, but completed with perseverance and care! Well done! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Robert Calk Jr.

    May 18, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Good job, Manuel.

  9. Albert van Bemmelen

    May 20, 2018 at 1:12 am

    A decent repair that probably will last for another 20 years!

  10. Yogesh Panchal

    May 20, 2018 at 1:07 pm


  11. Bashir

    September 16, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    I have the same exact receiver. Everything worked including the red “stereo” light when plugged in. But, after operating all the features it never came on again. I cleaned all the switchs with deoxit 100 and deoxit fader spray. And, I replaced all outside fuses, all eight lamp fuses, and the 8V .3ma pigtail lamp for the red “ Stereo” indicator lamp, but it still does not illuminate. Any ideas?


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